Iran Concludes Third Day of Great Prophet 7 Drill

News Brief – July 4, 2012

Iran concluded the third and final day of its Great Prophet 7 military drill Wednesday by successfully firing the indigenously developed Persian Gulf (Khalij Fars) missile.
The missile was first tested during the Great Prophet 3 naval drill in 2008. Thereafter, it was further developed and test fired again in July 2011 (see video below) before entering mass production. With a range of up to 300 kilometres and carrying a 650 kg explosive warhead, the anti-ship missile uses an advanced guidance system to evade detection making it potent threat to ships sailing in the Persian Gulf.
Indeed, acording to Israeli missile expert Uzi Rubin, the Khalij Fars could be a potential “game changer” if used against U.S. warships in the Straits of Hormuz.
The Khalij Fars can be fired from high-speed naval vessels or shore based moblie missile launchers and although smaller has drawn comparison with the Chinese DF-21 anti-ship missile, touted by some as a “carrier-killer”.
Whether of not the Khalij Fars is in quite the same league is open to debate but even if it isn’t a “carrier-killer”, it could nonetheless inflict serious damage on any Western warship. Moreover the Khalij Fars further underlines Iran’s ability to close the Straits of Hormuz, a vital oil route, should it decide to do so.
Meanwhile, in the closing phase of the “Great Prophet 7” drill Iran’s military commanders reiterated warnings  to any potential aggressors.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Tehran Wednesday, Iran’s Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that the war games demonstrated the Iranian Armed Forces’ capabilities as well as their knowledge of potential aggressor’s vulnerabilities.  
Earlier on Wednesday, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh warned that Iran would strike regional U.S. bases within “minutes” of being attacked.
Implying that missiles would also be launched at Israel in the event of a strike on Iran, he added, “the occupied (Palestinian) lands (Israel) are good targets for us as well”: 
Although Western defence analysts often express scepticism over what they describe as exaggerated claims over its military capabilities, the fact is that over the past two decades Iran has built-up its own independent defence industry.
Ironically, this has been in response to Western imposed weapons sanctions, which were intended to prevent Iran buying advanced weapons or acquiring the technical know-how to replicate them.
Instead, quite the opposite has happened. Developing and manufacturing its own attack drones, destroyers, medium range surface-to-surface missiles, radar systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, in addition to producing its own tanks and armoured vehicles Iran has become a military power on its own.
Although it may not be in quite the same league as military superpowers like the U.S., Russia or China, Iran is not another Iraq and should give any potential aggressor serious pause for thought.
Being almost entirely self-sufficient in providing its own defence needs, Iran now also presents an obstacle to the expansion of Western-Zionist power. Whether or not economic sanctions will stifle Iran’s growth sufficiently to satisfy its adversary’s remains to be seen however, but time is running out.
At some stage in the next few years Iran will develop to the point where a U.S.-Israeli attack on it will be doomed to failure, if it isn’t already should China and Russia decide to side with Tehran.
Either way we are approaching a pivotal phase in history; the West and its Zionist allies may strike Iran in the coming months in an effort to neutralise what they see as an emerging threat to their interests.
Or they may see Russia and China moving alongside Iran and come to their senses. One way or the other, we’ll know soon enough.

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